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Vol. 65 No. 17 Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Whiting Teams Help Clean-up Santa Rosa
By Ens. Andrew Stephenson, NAS Whiting Field Public
Affairs I i
Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, and their fami-
lies from Naval Air Station Whiting Field (NASWF) and
Training Air Wing FIVE (TW-5) joined with other commu-
nity groups to clean up the community during the Santa Rosa
Great American Cleanup. This event is part of the nation-
wide Keep America Beautiful's Great American Cleanup,
sponsored locally by the Santa Rosa Clean Community Sys-
More than 150 volunteers from base organizations and com-
mands collected 176 bags of trash along 22.3 miles of local
The Great American Cleanup runs nationwide from
March 1 through May 31, and the Santa Rosa event is held
every year on the third Saturday in April to coincide with
Earth Day celebrations. According to the Santa Rosa Clean
Community System website, "The goal of the event is to
get the community involved in cleaning up our own back
yard, raising awareness of the economic, health and tourism
to head out to participate in the Great American Clean-up April 18.
Photo courtesy of Naval Branch Medical Clinic.
benefits of having a clean environment and generating pride
among the citizens."
NASWF personnel, families and friends all joined in with a
kick off effort on Friday, April 17 and helped with the make
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Nominee for Navy Secretary Vows to Support Sailors, Marines
By Samantha L. Quigley, American
Forces Press Services
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- President
Barack Obama's nominee for secre-
tary of the Navy pledged to address the
service's acquisition process to ensure
Sailors, Marines, and taxpayers are not
Former Mississippi Gov. Ray-
mond Mabus Jr., acknowledged the
Department of the Navy faces complex
"One of the important [chal-
lenges] is gaining control of an ac-
quisition process which, far too often,
overpromises and under prices; breaks,
sometimes spectacularly, budgets and
schedules; ups requirements while low-
ering quantities; and resists account-
ability," said former Mississippi Gov.
Raymond Mabus Jr.
Mabus told the Senate Armed
Services Committee during his con-
firmation hearing April 28 that if con-
firmed, that would be one of his areas
"I look forward to working
with the members of this committee
to make sure we don't shortchange our
Sailors, Marines and taxpayers because
of an out-of-control process," he said.
Mabus noted the contributions
made by the men and women of the
Navy and Marine Corps. "Thousands
of brave Marines and Sailors are en-
gaged, in Iraq and Afghanistan, while
courageous thousands more carry out
hazardous duties around the globe,"
he said. "These incredible, wonderful
young Americans all volunteered to
serve and are defending and represent-
ing the United States and all of us."
He also outlined the impor-
tance of the department to the nation's
interests around the world.
"The Navy and the Marine
Corps play critical roles in our nation's
service, fighting America's wars, pro-
jecting power where needed, protecting
the sea lanes, delivering disaster relief,
cooperating with other countries, in ef-
forts to multiply force, trying and pre-
venting conflicts from arising or from
turning into things which are larger,
more dangerous and harder to control,
providing training and other assistance,
to nations around the globe, and doing
many of these things in a sea-based,
minimum-footprint way," he said.
The nominee said the office for
which he is being considered has many
facets, ranging from "making sure that
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Whiting Field to Hold Holocaust Remembrance
Naval Air Station Whiting Field will host a presentation called "Never Again
What You Do Matters" commemorating the Military's recognition and remembrance
of the Holocaust. The event will occur Monday, May 4 in the base auditorium from
10 a.m. to noon. This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Gail Wallen, the Director of Holocaust Services at Jewish Family and
Children Services of Southern Arizona, Inc. in Tucson, Ariz. will present an audio-
visual historical perspective of the Holocaust during the first half of the ceremony.
Rosa Fruend, a Holocaust survivor from the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration
camps, is the featured speaker for the event. Following her time in those camps, she
was later taken to Lensing where she was liberated My 5, 1945. She will be relating
her personal experiences during the ceremony.
Capt. Enrique Sadsad, Naval Air Station Whiting Field commanding officer
ana oocaust survivor, receives will
a plaque from Capt. Enrique Sadsad, NASwill provide the opening remarks, and Col. Scott Walsh, Commander Training Air
Whiting Field commanding officer. WoloskyWing FIVE will offer a closing respective. Wanda Wolosky, another Holocaust survi-
was the guest speaker for last year's Holocaustvor, who spoke at the event last year, will also attend.
remembrance ceremony and will attend this Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently stated the
year's event Monday, May 4 in the base audito-importance of holding these commemorations during a message aired on the Pentagon
rium. U.S. Navy file photo. Channel.
"As we pause to remember the 6 million who perished, let us also pause to celebrate the lives of those who survived --
who went on to teach us the great responsibility of life itself," he said. "It matters what we do."
Whiting Helps Clean-up
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the big event Saturday, April 18 a huge
Cleanup efforts began on Fri-
day when a group of 87 volunteers
from TW-5 cleared enough litter to fill
112 large refuse bags. The volunteers
were split into 8 groups to clean along
15 miles of local roads. Air wing per-
sonnel picked up debris along Avalon
Blvd. from the railroad overpass area
south to the Garcon Point Bridge Toll
Booth, including all Interstate Highway
10 on/off ramps; Old Bagdad Highway
from Avalon Blvd east to Henry St;
Munson Highway from Stewart St east
to the Blackwater Trail Parking Area;
and along Anderson Rd between Berry
Hill Rd and Willard Norris Rd.
Saturday was the primary day of the
event, and Whiting Field personnel
worked in various locations through-
out the area. Groups from the base's
Crash Division, NASWF First Class
Petty Officer's Association, the Na-
val Branch Health Clinic, Air Traffic
Control, Training Squadron TWO, and
Helicopter Training Squadron EIGH-
TEEN collected in excess of 50 bags of
These 95 volunteers were responsi-
fira. g .Air \\ i 'ig FI E 11i ghtl iudtinti pick
up litter alongside the road during the Great
American Clean-up April 17. More than 80
service members volunteered to help clean
the community roadways. Photo by Ens.
ble for cleaning nearly 8 miles of lo-
cal roadways. The areas covered were
along Route 90 from Dogwood to Ava-
lon Blvd, State Highway 89/ Dogwood
from the intersection of Route 90 to the
intersection of Willard Norris Rd, State
Highway 89/Dogwood from the inter-
section of Willard Norris Rd down to
Stewart St, and along State Highway
87/89/Stewart up to the Skyline Fire
Department, and along State Highway
"Having our group help with
the Santa Rosa County Great Ameri-
can Cleanup was a great opportunity to
come out and show our continued sup-
port for our community," said Petty Of-
ficer First Class Pamela Jenkins.
Keep America Beautiful's
Great American Cleanup is the nation's
largest community improvement pro-
gram and involves an estimated 3 mil-
lion volunteers and attendees, donat-
ing many hours to clean, beautify and
improve local communities in all 50
"As one of the facilitators for this an-
nual county-wide community service
project, it was great to see such out-
standing participation and support from
the TW-5 flight students and Instructor
Pilots as well as many of the NASWF
organizations," said Kelly McCoy,
Great American Cleanup coordinator
for this years campaign on the base.
"This years Great American Cleanup
campaign was by far the best turnout
we've had during the five years I've
been involved. The TW-5/NASWF
team provided a significant contribu-
tion to the overall success of the 2009
campaign. Thanks and well done to all
the volunteers who participated this
News and Notes
Sunset Stampede The Zoo at Northwest Florida's 1st An-
nual Sunset Stampede 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sat, May 21
at Navarre Beach. The race begins at 6 p.m. with a Kids Fun Run
beginning at 5 p.m. The first 500 people to sign up get a t-shirt.
Cost: $20.00 thru 4 Apr, $25.00 after. See www.zoosunsetstam-
pede.org online for more information.
Country Fest WXBM's Country Fest will serve as the Na-
tional Military Appreciation Month kick off event! for the Pen-
sacola Area May 2. Spend the day with Country 102.7 WXBM as
they bring Country Fest to life at Five Flags Speedway. This all
day family fun music festival features great music, vendors, activi-
ties, attractions and so much more! Gates open at 9 a.m. show
starts at 10 a.m.. Tickets are only $25.00 for adults, children 12 are
admitted free. Featuring Artisits Craig Morgan, James Otto and
Whitney Duncan. For details call studios: 850-994-5357.
ITT Tickets Your ITT office has discounted CountryFest tick-
ets available now for $23 for active military only. Wild adventure
in Valdosta, Ga. has provided discount tickets to the ITT office
for $35 a $14 reduction on normal costs. Free 5 day hero salute
for Disney world and free day two-park unlimited Universal hero
salute tickets are also in stock. Finally, just in are discounted Bama
Jam tickets. The three-day concert event in Enterprise, Ala. has a
normal cost of $178, but ITT has them for $99. Stop by the bowl-
ing alley or call 623-7032 for more information.
Runners' Club Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) is
looking for a few good runners for a new runners' club. The club
is for people of all ability levels, and will offer incentives for cer-
tain performance achievements reached. This is a new program
and suggestions are appreciated. Sign up at the Fitness Center or
contact Todd Mooneyham at (850) 665-6102.
Also, the NAS Whiting Field Running Club will hold its Inau-
A Really Big Check
Cmdr. Jody Bridges, commanding officer Training Squadron THREE
)resents a check for $1,000 to Mark Hardin, Director fot Pensacola
krea Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, April 22. Last year's
Fund drive totaled $325,000. This year's final numbers aren't in, bul
Elardin expects to surpass $365,000 to be raised for the society. "I am
iery happy and thankful for the increase in this year's fund drive to-
:als," he said, "especially, in light of the country's economic situation
:oday. We will surely be called upon more often over the next year or
:wo. We want to be well prepared to support our Navy and Marine
Recognizing uur nest ana nrignest
Training Squadron SIX (VT-6) Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Javier
Ball and Aquasis Services Incorporated Project Manager Kelly Mc-
Coy flank Cathie Dean, the Aquasis Employee of the Quarter. Dean
was named as the company's Employee of the Quarter for her work
as the Logs and Records Clerk fotr TrVT-6. Photo courtesy of VT-6.
gural Memorial Day 5-K FUN RUN Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. For more information and to reg-
ister please contact Todd Mooneyham at 850-665-6102, Fitness
Center at 623-7412, or the Liberty Center at 623-7472.
Command Picnic NAS Whiting Field will hold their all
hands picnic, May 15. Military, dependents, retirees, reservists,
DOD, contractors, and friends are all invited to join us in this fam-
ily oriented event starting atlO a.m. at the Sports Complex adjacent
the ball fields. There will be plenty of food and fun, with a menu
of: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Cheese Burgers, Bratwurst, Potato
Salad, Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Chips, Cookies and beverages.
Taxi Rule Change The Escambia County Board of County
Commissioners unanimously passed the County Taxicab ordi-
nance. It mirrors the City's ordinance on licensure, fares and insur-
ance. It is being sent to the Florida Secretary of State for ratifica-
tion and will be enacted in 30 days. From that point on flat rate
fares will be banned and the meter will rule -If the meter reads zero
the fare is zero. For shared cabs, the fare will be the meter plus
$0.50 per additional passenger.
Embry Riddle Registration The Pensacola Campus of
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is registering April 30-May
31 for the Spring II term. Registration times are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday in Bldg.
634, Suite 033, 250 Chambers Avenue, NAS Pensacola and on
Monday and Wednesdays, 9:30am-4:00pm in Bldg. 1417, Room
163 on NAS Whiting Field. Add and drop and late registration will
be held June 1-5. New Student Orientation will be held Saturday,
May 30, 8:30 to noon in Bldg. 634, Suite 033. Everyone is en-
couraged to register early. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit
www.embryriddle.edu/pensacola or call 458-1098 for info.
BIG Sale The Eglin AFB Commissary will have a 2 day case
lot sale May 2 & 3. The sale will be held at Duke Field, Fla. Duke
is located about seven miles south of Crestview, Fla. The sale is
expected to have more than 100 different items for sale in case
quantities and special prices. If you have any questions, please
feel free to contact the Store Director, Ms. Harris at (850) 882-
Fleet and Family Support Center Classes
Welcome to Whiting! Every Thursday 1000 1200
If you are new to NAS Whiting Field or just want to learn more about the Milton Pensacola area, this class is for you! Come find
out about MWR and other recreational facilities, hurricane preparedness, the FFSC and other support services available! Children are
welcome and this is a great opportunity to meet new friends! Join us at the Whiting Pines Community Center any Thursday or call the
FFSC at 623-7177 for more information.
VA Appointments (Call to schedule) Friday, May 8, 0800 1200 Friday, May 22, 0800 1200
Resume Writing Monday, May 4, 0800 1000
This class will assist you in efficiently creating an effective resume. Learn how to handle sticky resume situations like military-to-civil-
ian transition, age, employment gaps, layoffs, and career change. Learn to use your resume as a marketing tool. Class will be held at
the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Car Buying Strategies Tuesday, May 5, 0900 1100
Many people begin the car buying process by visiting a dealership, which should be one of the last things you do. Come find out how to
research and compare for the best prices, when and how to negotiate your trade-in, how insurance fits in, and your best option for financ-
ing. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Time Management Wednesday, May 6, 1300 1400
At the end of the day, do you ask yourself "where did the day go?" and feel like you have accomplished very little on your list of "things
to do?" If you answered "yes" to these questions, this class is for you. The information provided in this class will provide you with tools
that will help you make the most of your busy and demanding days. Class will be held at the FFSC conference room. For more informa-
tion, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Money & the Move Tuesday, May 12, 0900 1100
A Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move can be one of the most exciting adventures of your career as well as one of the best benefits.
However, a PCS move can also become a financial disaster that can take months to recover from if not properly prepared for. Class will
be held at the FFSC conference room. For more information, contact a Work and Family Life Specialist at 623-7177.
Boarding Training Evolves with the Mission
PENSACOLA, Fla. Whether it's searching a Dhow in the focuses on ships that comply with the instructions of the in-
Persian Gulf for hidden weapons, or boarding and inspecting section team, and Level II, which addresses the tactics used to
a suspected pirate mothership off the coast of Somalia, Visit, board vessels that are non-compliant. Level II ships have free-
Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) teams are playing an impor- board (the distance between the waterline and the main deck
tant part in the Navy's Maritime Strategy. of the ship) of 25 feet or less above the water. Non-compliant
Managed by the Center for Security Forces (CENSEC- vessels that have greater than 25 feet of freeboard, or that are
FOR) in Norfolk, Va., formal VBSS training was created fol- actively opposing the boarding, are handled by teams of Spe-
lowing the first Gulf War in 1990 as a way to standardize and cial Operations Forces (SOF).
continue the Maritime Interception Operations introduced there Cmdr. Steve Murphy, commanding officer ofUSS Ma-
as a result of U.N. Resolutions. han (DDG 72), is currently operating as part of Combined Task
"The course was designed to standardize what was pre- Force (CTF) 151, a multi-national task force conducting coun-
viously done through on-the-job training and passdown," said ter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.
Kurt Martin, Anti-Terrorism Program Manager for CENSEC- Although anti-piracy operations are getting the lion's
FOR. "We introduced the curriculum in 1998 and updated it in share of the news coverage, Martin notes that VBSS teams are
2005 to reflect what the teams would be facing in the fleet." not specifically trained for an anti-piracy mission. "You won't
Initial VBSS skills training is delivered by CENSEC- find the term 'anti-piracy' in any of the CENSECFOR VBSS
FOR at four locations: Chesapeake, Va., Mayport, Fla., San training curriculum," he said. "The fact that the ships depend
Diego, Calif., and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The initial training on the VBSS teams is a by-product of the cohesive unit that
continuum includes three courses lasting a total of eight weeks, forms, and their ability to deliver the team via Rigid-Hulled
with some team members receiving additional follow-on train- Inflatable Boats (RHIBs), board vessels and, if necessary, de-
ing. Skills taught in the VBSS courses include tactical move- fend themselves should the situation arise. VBSS teams are on
ment and shooting, defensive tactics, repelling, searching and Navy ships throughout the world 24/7, keeping the bad guys
other team skills. from smuggling everything from guns to cocaine."
The center's training covers both VBSS Level I, which
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the Navy and Marine Corps recruit, train and retain excep-
tional forces, to ensuring that those forces have enough of the
right equipment, to do their job, to caring for them and their
families daily and especially in times of crisis, to working
with Congress and the other services and the larger Depart-
ment of Defense."
Mabus, a former naval surface warfare officer, called
the experience one of the most profound of his life. "It helped
me so much in the other things that I have undertaken," he
He also served as Mississippi's state auditor and U.S.
ambassador to Saudi Arabia. It was his stint as governor,
however, that taught him that one person can't do everything
"Cooperation and collaboration, especially with
the legislative branch, is crucial if anything is to be accom-
plished," he said.
Robert O. Work also addressed the committee.
Work, who is nominated to be the next undersecretary of the
Navy, said he looks forward to helping Mabus lead the Navy
and Marine Corps and working with members of the Senate
Armed Services Committee, if they are both confirmed.
"If confirmed, I believe that my life-long experience
- first as an active-duty dependent, then a military officer ... a
father of a military family; and leader, strategist, and analyst
- well-prepares me to contribute to these decisions," Work
"I will also work hard with the secretary of the Navy
to ensure that our nearly 11,000 wounded warriors receive
the best care possible, and that the families of our fallen are
treated with the dignity and respect they deserve," he said.
The retired Marine, who followed in his father's
footsteps and served in the Corps for 27 years, said that he's
mindful of what looks to be an especially challenging fiscal
and budgetary environment.
"The incoming secretary and undersecretary will be
forced to make hard decisions about the future of the Navy
and Marine Corps," he said. "However, I pledge not to enter
this important job with any preconceived notions or posi-
"I'll listen to the best available civilian and military
advice and, when asked, give ... honest, pragmatic advice and
counsel to the secretary of the Navy [and] the secretary of
Defense, and the president," he added.
The Senate Armed Services Committee also heard
testimony from nominees for Assistant Secretary of Defense
for Legislative Affairs, General Counsel of the Department
of the Army, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Stra-
tegic Affairs, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and
Pacific Security Affairs, and Assistant Secretary of the Army
for Civil Works.
Congrats to CTW-5 Wingers and Scholars
First Row: Cmdr. Mark Murray, USN; Ens. Jaime Lewis, USN; Ens. Aaron Szechtman, USN; Ens. Michael Molloy, USN; Ens. Chris-
topher Norris, USN; Ens. LeifWalroth, USN; Lt. j.g. Jeffrey Storer, USN; and Ens. Chrisopher Sedlak. Second Row: Ens. Ryan Jack-
son, USN; Ens. Michael McDonald, USN; Lt. j.g. Robert O'Donnell, USCG; Lt. Roger Barr, USCG; Lt. j.g. Jonathan Lee, USCG; Ens.
Kevin Ringelstein, USN: Ens. John Geary, USN; Ens. Joshua Magder, USN; and Col. Scott Walsh, USMC. Third Row: Lt. Col. Clay
Stackhouse, USMC; Ens. Samuel Clement, USN; Lt. j.g. David Farrell, USN; 1st Lt. Kyle Smith, USMC; Ens. Stephen Smith, USN; Lt.
j.g. Andrew Lathrop, USN; Lt. j.g. Matthew Mangaran, USN; Lt. j.g. Christopher Yates, USN; Ens. Jaden Risner, USN; and Ens. Zach-
ary Vojtech, USCG. Fourth Row: Cmdr. Christopher Heaney, USN; Ens. Michael Panos, USN; 1st Lt. Anthony Fuhrer, USMC; Ens.
Marcus Torres, USN; 1st Lt. Keith Barton, JR, USMC; Ens. John Kohut, USN; Lt. j.g. Matthew Packard, USN; and Rear Adm. John
Training Air Wing FIVE recognized a large number of academic awardees April 24 with 12 students earning awards. In no particular
order, Lt. j.g. Gregory Dahl, USCG; Ens. William Hardin, USN; 2nd Lt. Michael Harris, USMC; Ens. Mason Hoyt, USN; Ens. Kevin
McCadden, USN; and 2nd Lt. Cynthia McDermott, USAF received Academic Achievement Awards for Primary Flight Training. 1st Lt.
Tara Businski, USMC; Ens. Mitchell Dow, USN; Ens. Naotomo Gibson, USN; Ens. Richard Hess, USN and 1st Lt. Adamo Manfra, USMC
received their Advanced Academic Achievement Awards. Not pictures is Lt. Andrew Wyrick, USN, for an Academic Achievement award.
Phots by Marc Bizzell.
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And a Fun Day Was Had By All
Naval Air Station Whiting Field's Child Development Cen-
ter held their annual parent child picnic Friday, April 24
at the center The kids and the parents enjoyedface painting
by staff members, lunch provided by the center, inflatable
slides andjump stations, a visit from Sparky thefirefighting
dog, as well as some tricycle and train rides. The event is
held every year to celebrate the Month of the Military Child
and enable the children to spend a fun-filled day i/th their
parents. This is the 19th year for the event. Photos by HM1
Nathan Antonio and Jay Cope